French security forces reportedly prevented an alleged attack on French military installations on Wednesday, which was meant to be carried out by an armed group which supposedly have close ties to prisoners with alleged militant activities.
France’s Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said four people were arrested in the operation, all of which were aged between 16 and 23 and were part of the plan to carry out an attack early 2016.
Responding to the arrests which took place on Monday morning, French President Francois Hollande said, "This week, we stopped terrorist attacks which could have taken place."
The men were allegedly targeting a senior military official in the south of France, and other sites all over the country.
The interior minister said that every week an attack is prevented in France, adding that it was “once again the case this week.”
Cazeneuve says the leader of the arrested men reportedly had the intention to go to fight in Syria.
He added that France’s security forces had identified close to 1,850 French residents who were allegedly involved in militant activity, and that about 500 of those went to Syria or Iraq to join militant movements.
To this date, France has issued over a hundred prevention orders to hinder some suspected people from travelling outside the country.